What we're about

Welcome to the Meetup page for Wayymark Outdoor (https://www.wayymarkventures.com/outdoor/outdoor-home) Be sure to follow us on the Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/wayymarkoutdoor)

I have over 30 years experience of hill walking, Munro bagging, hiking, trekking, scrambling, backpacking and mountaineering in the United Kingdom. Bitten by the outdoors bug as a Boy Scout, I have a real passion for the wild lands of Scotland. A member of the Mountain Training Association, fully qualified Mountain Leader, outdoor emergency First Aid instructor, holder of a Level 3 Award in Education and Training, NNAS accredited navigation instructor, Mountain Safety Advisor to the BBC, Duke of Edinburgh Award accredited Supervisor and Assessor, and fully insured to give you peace of mind. I specialise in long distance, self sufficient backpacking trips through remote wilderness areas of Scotland. These can be multi-day trips on recognised trails, such as the West Highland Way, the Skye Trail or a more random collection of drove roads, deerstalker tracks, coffin routes or old rights of way. I'm here to help you learn to navigate, tackle that challenging route, develop your camp craft, teach you new skills and above all, to have fun and a great day in the hills.

Working for myself, full time in the mountains, I take a small fee from clients for guiding them from bookings taken through my business website at Wayymark Outdoor (https://www.wayymarkventures.com/outdoor/outdoor-home).

Get in touch and enjoy a great day on the hill with an opportunity to learn and practise new skills and most importantly, have some fun.

This Meetup has run for over five years and is very popular. Sadly, in my experience, Meetup users have never been very good at following through on their RSVP's. It is with regret that I have to say I cannot trust the Meetup RSVP system (and neither should you!) instead I rely wholly on the booking system on my website to derive attendance numbers from. It is extremely rare that a trip will not happen so please, just because you see people (or not) RSVP'ing here, don't trust it. Further, as social media has gained in popularity, there seems to be more chat about car share etc on the Facebook page, which replicates all the website and Meetup events (they are the same on every platform I use) you can find us here Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/wayymarkoutdoor)

Follow us on our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/wayymarkoutdoor) on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/wayymarkoutdoor/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/wayymarkoutdoor)

Upcoming events (5)

The four Munros west of Drumochter

Balsporran Bed & Breakfast

Normally these four Munros are walked over two separate outings. This isn't necessary as they can easily be combined into one group of four, albeit with an hours return walk along the A9 to the start point. We'll endeavour to place a couple of vehicles at the end of the walk to save the pavement pounding though. The four Munros in this circular walk are A' Mharconaich, Geal Charn, Beinn Udlamain and Sgairneach Mhor. The Munro summits are fairly featureless lumps making this a relatively straightforward round in good visibility. It can be more challenging to navigate in low cloud and mist, with few landmarks. Given the weather, views out across Loch Ericht towards Ben Alder can be impressive (see accompanying photo) We will meet at the car park at Balsporran Cottages, PH19 1AF, which are on the main A9 trunk road and can be accessed by bus and train (stop at Dalwhinnie) from both Glasgow and Edinburgh. Due to the time of year, it's highly likely we'll be returning in the last of the daylight so a headtorch with spare batteries will be essential. Book your place now at https://www.wayymarkventures.com/product/west-drumochter Balsporran Cottages offer B&B www.balsporran.com and there are other options in nearby Dalwhinnie, including B&B at http://www.2stationcottage.co.uk Why not make a multi Munro weekend of it and join us just up the road at Newtonmore for three more on Sunday.

Three Munros on the Monadh Liath

Newtonmore Grill

A multi Munro day high on the plateau above Newtonmore. The three Munros of Carn Dearg, Carn Sgulain and A' Chailleach are walked in a clockwise route over about 25 km with just under 1,000m of ascent. We start on good tracks into the Glen which then gives way to a boggy ascent of the first Munro Carn Dearg. After a short descent we walk up onto the Monadh Liath plateau which is fairly featureless and can be challenging to navigate in poor visibility. It's a long walk across the plateau to the second Munro, Carn Sgulain before a quick descent and re-ascent up onto the final Munro, A' Chailleach. We now descend back across some wet ground and down to the car park just outside Newtonmore. We will meet at 0830 outside the Newtonmore Grill, Old Perth Road, Newtonmore, PH20 1BB. (The grill opens at 0800 if you want breakfast - I'll be there!) where we will get into as few cars as possible before driving into Newtonmore itself and onto the start of the walk. Due to the time of year, it's highly likely we'll be returning in the last of the daylight so a headtorch with spare batteries will be essential. Book your place now at https://www.wayymarkventures.com/product/monadh-liath There are a large variety of accommodation options available in Newtonmore including several Hotels and B&B's. Previous clients have stayed in the www.newtonmorehostel.co.uk and the www.strathspeymountainhostel.com Why not make a multi Munro weekend of it and join us just down the road at Drumochter for four more on Saturday.

Learn to navigate, NNAS Silver Award

Falkland Library

Are you looking to get ready for the season ahead? build your confidence with a navigation course. NNAS Silver award is a nationally accredited course suitable for those moving on from the Bronze Award, or who are relatively new to navigation but have a basic appreciation, or those wishing to renew, or refresh existing skills. Perhaps you were in the Scouts, Guides, or Cadets and just need a helping hand to remember those skills, this will help you. The National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) Silver navigator award is a National Standard recognised by Mountain Training, Glenmore Lodge, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, British Orienteering and other organisations. It is accredited by the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 4 and 2 SCQF credit points are awarded on successful completion along with an officially recognised certificate. Although it is recommended that you have completed the NNAS Bronze prior to this course, it is not a requirement and will depend on your previous experience. Please contact me in advance of booking if you have any questions regarding your current level of experience. This is a twelve hour course held over two, consecutive, six hour days which includes the assessment in the second half of day two. On successful completion of the award you will be able to relate small hills, prominent re-entrants and spurs to their corresponding map contours. Measure distance by timing and pacing. Use a compass to accurately follow a bearing, aim off, check the direction of handrails and other linear features. These are predominantly outdoor, practical days, there is no planned classroom work involved, please dress and equip yourself for a day on the hills and bring any food and drink you may need. See the What do I need? link above for more information, or contact me. Please bring a suitable compass of a type similar to a Silva type 4 marked with degrees. I will provide relevant maps. Meet at 10am in the car park beside the Falkland Library, Back Wynd, Falkland, Fife KY15 7BX A certificate of competence will be issued to those who complete the course assessment. Book your place now at - https://www.wayymarkventures.com/category/navigation-and-other-training#nnas-silver-navigation-3 The cost of the two day, 12 hour course, is £85 per person Places are limited to eight only, please book early to avoid disappointment.

Learn to navigate, NNAS Silver Award

Falkland Library

Are you looking to get ready for the season ahead? build your confidence with a navigation course. NNAS Silver award is a nationally accredited course suitable for those moving on from the Bronze Award, or who are relatively new to navigation but have a basic appreciation, or those wishing to renew, or refresh existing skills. Perhaps you were in the Scouts, Guides, or Cadets and just need a helping hand to remember those skills, this will help you. The National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) Silver navigator award is a National Standard recognised by Mountain Training, Glenmore Lodge, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, British Orienteering and other organisations. It is accredited by the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 4 and 2 SCQF credit points are awarded on successful completion along with an officially recognised certificate. Although it is recommended that you have completed the NNAS Bronze prior to this course, it is not a requirement and will depend on your previous experience. Please contact me in advance of booking if you have any questions regarding your current level of experience. This is a twelve hour course held over two, consecutive, six hour days which includes the assessment in the second half of day two. On successful completion of the award you will be able to relate small hills, prominent re-entrants and spurs to their corresponding map contours. Measure distance by timing and pacing. Use a compass to accurately follow a bearing, aim off, check the direction of handrails and other linear features. These are predominantly outdoor, practical days, there is no planned classroom work involved, please dress and equip yourself for a day on the hills and bring any food and drink you may need. See the What do I need? link above for more information, or contact me. Please bring a suitable compass of a type similar to a Silva type 4 marked with degrees. I will provide relevant maps. Meet at 10am in the car park beside the Falkland Library, Back Wynd, Falkland, Fife KY15 7BX A certificate of competence will be issued to those who complete the course assessment. Book your place now at - https://www.wayymarkventures.com/category/navigation-and-other-training#nnas-silver-navigation-3 The cost of the two day, 12 hour course, is £85 per person Places are limited to eight only, please book early to avoid disappointment.

Past events (339)

Invervar horseshoe, 4 Munros in Glen Lyon

Invervar

Photos (1,025)